Miss Wilma Rudolph, a tall, slender, caf� au lait runner who is, without any question, the best female athlete in the world, tied her own pending American record in the somewhat esoteric indoor 60-yard dash at Madison Square Garden the other night. Most of the 15,000-odd people who mushed through a small-scale blizzard to the Garden did so in order to watch her. When it was all over, Miss Rudolph had a few—very few—words to say.
About indoor running: "I don't like it. Too many people. I don't like it."
About life in general since she has become the acknowledged queen of the women's athletic world: "I get lots of letters. Most of them from Germany. I don't answer most of them."
About the future: "I'd like to get married and have two girls. I don't want to run indoors much."
Said her coach, Ed Temple, to an insistent reporter: "We been winning a long time. We won in Russia two years ago. You were there. You didn't say anything about it."
THE VERY BLUE PLATE SPECIAL
This is the season of the sports-award dinner, a time that tries the sturdiest digestion. Whenever we attend one of these feasts, we are appalled at what passes for food intended for athletes and other gentlemen. There is the pastel fruit cup apparently confected of shiny celluloid, a tepid, over-boiled distillation masquerading as soup, a mouse-colored sliver of cholesterol called beef and sicklied o'er with viscid gravy composed of equal parts of paraffin and Vaseline. Embellishing the main course are two or three balls of alleged potatoes encrusted in petrified brown grease, and something green which tastes like soaked blotting paper and may well be. Finally comes the frosty liquid that once was ice cream, the equally chilly liquid misnamed coffee and a stale cigar obviously woven of raffia.
Since this kind of banquet menu is clearly well established and to abolish it might be considered un-American, wouldn't it be possible to present sports awards between meals?
THE INSIDE TRACK
? Joe DiMaggio may soon be back in baseball. Friends say he is weighing offers from several teams, but if he does return, whatever the job, it will be with the Yankees.